Category Archives: Enthusiasm

Being Right & Being Wrong: Two Sides of the Stupid Coin

You can either be right, or be in a relationship; not both. —Katherine Schulz (Being Wrong, 2010) FIfth-grade teacher Beverly Button, was famous for being “strong on discipline.” The culture of the school put a high priority on “discipline,” and so … Continue reading

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So, You Are a Graduate. So What?

a graduate’s speech “I have a proclamation: Let today be the last day we joke that we are stupid or crazy. It’s not clever to pretend we hate what we love, and it wasn’t wrong study it. “Let today be … Continue reading

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Collective Genius

Early in my first year as principal I found myself sitting across the table from a clean-cut, successful looking lawyer/parent who had put his daughter into the second grade of my school a month ago. As soon as we returned … Continue reading

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The Swallow Strategy: Don’t Get Mad; Be Useful

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Before Teaching Skills Engage the Whole Brain

At dinner one evening, when my daughter, Lizzie, was in first grade, she said: “You know how some teachers just let you play? Well, I want to know stuff, and that’s why I like Ms. Lexton; she teaches us stuff.” … Continue reading

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